|Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant slides to the basket for 2 of his 26 points. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)|
For three quarters, Kevin Durant put on quite a show for about 50 friends and family members who made the short trip up I-95 from his hometown of Washington, D.C.
There was no need to play for most of the fourth while teammates were adding to a big lead.
“It’s big to see fans with the Oklahoma City jerseys on,’’ Durant said. “I don’t care if it’s my jersey. I care about Oklahoma City jerseys. I know a lot of the jerseys were for me because I had a lot of family here. It was extra special to get a win here.’’
Nenad Krstic added 14 points and Russell Westbrook had 10 points and 14 assists for the Thunder (45-28), who swept the season series from Philadelphia for the first time since 1998-99.
“We start every game with the same approach, to have a serious competitive effort no matter who we’re playing,’’ said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose team will face the Celtics tonight at TD Garden.
James Harden had 12 points and Serge Ibaka 10 for Oklahoma City, which is nearing its first playoff appearance since 2004-05 as the Seattle SuperSonics.
Elton Brand scored 22 points and Andre Iguodala added 21 for the Sixers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
“We were close for a while, and then the beginning of the fourth quarter, they kind of exploded on us,’’ Brand said.
Philadelphia still has not won at least three in a row since a five-game streak between Jan. 31-Feb. 9.
Suns 111, Bulls 105 — Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Channing Frye hit a clutch 3-pointer with 41.6 seconds to go as visiting Phoenix clinched a playoff berth with its eighth straight win.
Steve Nash scored 7 of his 22 points in the final two minutes and had 10 assists.
Flip Murray and Derrick Rose, who kept Chicago close down the stretch with 10 points in the final period, had 23 points each. The Bulls are 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the eighth playoff spot in the East.
Rockets 98, Wizards 94 — Rookie Chase Budinger hit a go-ahead jump shot with 28 seconds remaining and added two free throws as host Houston escaped with a win over struggling Washington. The win broke a four-game skid for the Rockets and extended the Wizards’ team-record losing streak to 16 games.
Bucks 107, Clippers 89 — Rookie Brandon Jennings scored 17 points and went the extra distance to protect Bucks big man Andrew Bogut in helping lead host Milwaukee to victory. Bogut scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his second straight game since missing one because of a sore back, and Jennings, who added six assists and five rebounds, came to the 7-footer’s aid late in the third quarter when tensions rose after some rough play.
Pacers 102, Kings 95 — Danny Granger scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half to lead Indiana to its eighth straight home win.